Kevin Cooper, the young newly-elected Miami-Dade Republican Executive Vice Chair has a history of getting in the faces of members who disagree with him and other party members.
Last week Cooper filed an assault charge against elderly Cuban-born American attorney and republican committee member Ed Vidal, who fled Fidel Castro’s communism as a child.
Vidal’s arraignment is scheduled for Thursday.
Last week, Cooper pulled a political “stunt” that smacks of “no transparency,” according to witnesses at the Miami-Dade Republican Executive Committee (REC) meeting as earlier reported by The Miami Independent.
Vidal confronted Cooper and a scuffle ensured after Vidal grabbed Cooper by the collar.
Cooper then was seen prancing the floor screaming at Vidal that he was going to put him in jail.
But, behind the scenes this week, a source close to the investigation, informs the Miami Independent that Cooper is considering dropping the charges if Vidal apologizes, resigns as a republican committee member and pays Cooper $10,000.
That is a contrast to what Cooper experienced when he shoved Republican committee member Olivia Trigo who was speaking with GOP State Committeewoman Liliana Ros in July 2022.
Cooper interrupted Trigo’s conversation with Ros and shoved Trigo. Several witnessed Cooper shoving Trigo.
Gabriel Garcia was one of them. Garcia told Cooper that it is not right to shove a woman and Cooper just walked away.
Trigo is a criminal investigator and married to a police officer. She told the police officer posted at the Republican event and demanded that Cooper apologize to her.
Trigo did not demand any money or that Cooper resign. Now, she regrets not having pressed charges because of how Cooper has comported himself and filed charges against Vidal.
“I saw Cooper apologize to Olivia and I did not believe it was sincere,” said Garcia. “It was a hard shove. You do not do that to a woman and I told Cooper that night,” added Gabriel.
According to GOP sources, Cooper is known for his dismissive and belittling behavior.
“There is no transparency at these meetings,” said Garcia.
Chris Barcena has tried to get 100 people involved in the Republican Party. Twenty of them have been successful getting on committees.
“It’s a racket,” said Barcena.
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